A Greek Word Study

A BRIEF STUDY OF: THE CHRIST OF COLOSSIANS-1

John 1, Hebrews 1 & Colossians 1 present the absolute deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote Colossians to counteract Gnosticism, a false teaching against the Church. Gnostics claimed to have a superior knowledge. Some denied Jesus'true humani ty, teaching that between God and man there were levels of spirit beings, Jesus being one of them. The Colossian errors are present today in Christian Science, Unity, Theosophy, and other false teachings.

Colossians 1.15-18 describe how Jesus relates to God.
1.15 relates to God, 1.16-17 to Creation, and 1.18 to the Church.


1. JESUS IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD & THE FIRSTBORN (v. 15)

a. Since God is spirit, Jesus helps us see what God is like (John 14.9)
b. Since God's first representative, Adam, failed, God sent Jesus His only begotten Son in the world to care for His interests and reveal His heart of love to man. In Col. 3.10 believers are now the image of Christ.
c. False teachers say Jesus is Himself "a creation" and the first made by God. Luke 2.7, Exodus 4.22 & Psalm 89.27 speak of Mary's firstborn, Israel being God's firstborn and David as God's firstborn.
d. Jesus is God's unique son, eternal, and supreme over all creation. Firstborn is a title that speaks of priority, position and dominion.

2. ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, THROUGH HIM & FOR HIM (v. 16)

a. False teachers say Jesus was created. But, Christ is the very creator of all.
b. BY HIM: Jesus is the Architect, and by His power He created all things.
c. THROUGH HIM: Jesus is the Agent, who performed the created work.
d. FOR HIM: Jesus is the Goal of creation, for Whom all things were created.

3. HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST (v. 17)

a. Paul says "He is before all things", NOT "He was before all things." The present tense in the Bible describes the "timelessness" of deity. (John 8.58)
b. "In Him all things consist" means that not only did the Lord Jesus exist before there was a creation, but also that He is the sustainer of the universe.

4. HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY THE CHURCH (v. 18)

a. The dominion of Christ concerns not only the natural BUT also the spiritual.
b. As with the body, Christ expresses Himself to the world through the body.
a. As head, He provides guidance & control, and is the first to rise and to die no more. If Christ is first everywhere, is He also first in your life?


 

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